Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis is on pace to challenge the single season home run record. The player credited with holding that mark is former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, who belted 73 in 2001. However, Davis still considers New York Yankees legend Roger Maris to hold the home run title. Maris bashed 61 in 1961.
Davis, who has been openly scrutinized by fans and reporters about using performance enhancing drugs recently, said he believes Maris is the single-season home run king because he played without the aid of PEDs. Obviously, this means Davis believes Bonds and Sammy Sosa needed some extra help to achieve their record-breaking totals, as those two players comprise the top six spots for single-season home run marks.
Davis made the claim when he went on the air with ESPN's Mike and Mike on Friday.
“I do [believe Maris is the home run king] and the reason being, he was the last guy to do it clean. There’s a lot of things that have been said about the guys who have come after him and you know and have achieved the record, but I think as far as the fans are concerned they still view Maris as being the all-time home run record [holder] and I think you have to.”
Davis also made it a point to reiterate that he was clean. Because there would be nothing worse than calling out those who used PEDs and turning out to be a hypocrite himself.
“It’s an easy assumption seeing what’s gone on in the past and I understand that. There are time when it’s frustrating to me because you know all those people that are making the accusations aren’t there in the offseason, during the season, after games when you’re tired and you don’t want to work out and you have to get your work in.”
“I think the biggest thing for me to remember is you know as long as I continue to do things the way I’ve always done [them] you know can’t really rely on what other people are going to say. We get drug tested just like everybody else, we have the strictest drug testing policy in all of professional sports and I actually think in a way it’s kind of a backhanded compliment.”
The 27-year-old entered Friday's action with 32 home runs on the season, which puts him on pace to club approximately 60 by the end of the year. If he gets there, this total obviously wouldn't set a new MLB record, but if he somehow got to 62 or beyond, I guess he will consider himself to be the single-season home run record holder.
Davis mine as well just hit 74 to be safe.
Via Hardball Talk